The General Data Protection Regulation

The GDPR (2016/679) was initially published by the European Commission in January 2012. After four years of negotiation, it was finally adopted on 27 April 2016. Following a two year implementation period, the GDPR comes into force across the European Union on 25 May 2018. It will replace the existing Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC. The GDPR introduces substantial changes to European data protection law, along with severe financial penalties for noncompliance.

Therefore, it is important for businesses to start taking steps now to prepare for implementation of the new rules.

In parallel with the GDPR, the European Commission proposed the Law Enforcement Data Protection Directive (2016/680) (LEDP Directive), on protecting personal data processed for law enforcement purposes, which will replace the Data Protection Framework Decision 2008. The LEDP Directive has not attracted as much attention and debate as the
GDPR, but they constitute a package and were adopted together. The LEDP Directive must be transposed into national law by Member States by 6 May 2018.

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